Litigation

  • Common Cause v. Rucho: Common Cause is the plaintiff in a challenge to North Carolina’s congressional map. After the map was struck down as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander last year, leaders in the legislature announced that they would redraw districts with the explicit intent to ensure that 10 of 13 remain in Republican control. Common Cause sued on the grounds that the new districts are an illegal partisan gerrymander. The trial is scheduled to begin on June 26, 2017. If we win at trial and ultimately in the U.S. Supreme Court, this has the potential to end the gerrymandering of congressional districts nationwide. Check the Common Cause v. Rucho home page for more information.

  • Whitford v. Gill: Last year, the Campaign Legal Center won a historic victory when a federal court struck down Wisconsin’s State Assembly map as an illegal partisan gerrymander. Wisconsin has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and the case is likely to be heard in the high court later this year. Common Cause is one of the lead organizations in charge of managing amicus briefs supporting the plaintiffs’ efforts. It is essential that briefs demonstrate the broad and bipartisan support for an end to the manipulation of our legislative districts.

  • Benisek v. Lamone: In a case originally brought by a Common Cause Maryland member, Steve Shapiro, plaintiffs argue that Maryland’s congressional map is an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Following the 2010 census, the Democratic governor and Democrats in the legislature successfully conspired to draw districts that would ensure the defeat of one of the state’s two Republican members of Congress. After a unanimous vote in the U.S. Supreme Court allowing the case to proceed, a trial is expected during 2017.. Common Cause filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court and at the early stages of the trial court process.

  • Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission: Common Cause led the organizing of amicus briefs in a successful effort to defend the constitutionality of independent citizen redistricting commissions.

  • Evenwel v. Abbott: Common Cause offered a brief advancing a legal theory cited in parts of the decision that when drawing state legislative districts, effective constituent service requires counting every resident and not just voters. We also organized a separate brief signed by 19 counties and cities across the country in support of equal representation.

  • League of Women Voters of Florida v. Detzner: Common Cause was a co-plaintiff in separate challenges to Florida’s congressional and state senate map. Common Cause’s impartial maps were ultimately adopted by Florida courts to remedy a blatant partisan gerrymander. Working with allies, we successfully demonstrated partisan intent and forced new districts to be drawn. In the case of both congressional and state senate districts, our impartial maps were adopted.

  • Favors v. Cuomo: In New York, Common Cause drew an impartial congressional map which was adopted in major part by the federal court, resulting in fair congressional districts in New York State. As a result, New York has become a battleground for control of Congress, with voters empowered to choose their own representatives in numerous districts.

  • Hooker v. Illinois Board of Elections: We filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of Illinois supporting the placement of the Illinois Independent Map Amendment on the November ballot. Illinois is another state in which Democrats manipulated districts for partisan advantage.

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